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Georgia State Researcher Wins NSF Grant for Data-Driven Disaster Planning, Response System

A researcher at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University has won a $132,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a data-driven model for disaster planning and response.


[Dr. Dr. Gerardo Chowell]

Dr. Gerardo Chowell, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health, will lead the three-year project designed “to create a big data system to support data-driven simulations with the necessary volume, velocity, and variety” to improve disaster management.

The project is titled “DataStorm: A Data Enabled System for End-to-End Disaster Planning and Response.”

“Effective disaster response requires a near-real-time effort to match available resources to shifting demands on a number of fronts,” Chowell said.

The project is intended to provide tools to improve disaster planning, techniques for disseminating accurate and timely information to the public, and management of critical transportation services, mass population care and public health and medical services. Chowell will partner on the project with a group of researchers from Arizona State University.

Chowell is a mathematical epidemiologist who holds an external affiliation as a Senior Research Fellow at the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of BMC Medicine, BMC Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering and PLoS ONE.

His recent work has included mathematical modeling to predict the spread of infectious diseases including Ebola, MERS and Zika.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports academic research in fields such as math, computer science and social sciences, which promote progress in national health and security.